Bidding Rules

Bidding Rules - 2019 Douglas County Tax Certificate Auction

  1. If you are not completely familiar with the statutes governing tax liens in this state, read the “Tax Certificate Process” document located at the left of the home page. It is a plain English summary of the law and will only take ten minutes to read. Remember, the purchase of a certificate does not convey title to the land. While purchasing tax certificates is generally a good investment, there is some risk. Understand the risks and employ the “buyer beware” philosophy.
  2. Review the Summary of Important Dates below.
  3. Register. You will create your own User Name and Password as part of the process.  A $25.00 non-refundable registration fee is required to participate in the sale.
  4. Bidding process:
    • Decide how much money you want to invest in tax liens for this auction. Pick a dollar amount. ($10,000 for example)
    • Make a deposit of exactly Five percent (5%) of that amount. The deposit is required and must be submitted before the deadline in order for your bids to be valid. 
    • Bid on as many quality liens as you can. Your deposit will limit how much you can win no matter how many bids you place. There is no penalty for running out of deposit money. If you are fortunate enough to win all the liens you want, your remaining bids are simply ignored.
  5. As a batch closes, you may see the results for that batch by clicking “Results” on the website menu. Click the “Sold To” link on the auction results page to display all bids on that item along with other useful information. After seeing results, you can change your bids in any unclosed batches.
  6. Payment for certificates won will be accepted by ACH only. Please ensure your financial institution will allow an ACH debit to your account before placing bids.


Summary of Important Dates


  Bidder Accounts
  Allow foreign bidder registrations No
  Single simultaneous bidder rule No
  Allow sub-accounts No
  Auction Information
  Bidding style Random Draw
  0% bids use proxy system Yes
  Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee No $0.00
  Auction Dates and Times
  Registration begins (site opens)**   02/07/2019 at 11:00 AM CT  
  Deposits or budgets begin    02/07/2018 at 11:00 AM CT  
  Bidding begins    02/07/2019 at 11:00 AM CT  
  Deposits or budgets end   03/01/2019 at 5:00 PM CT  
  Registrations end   03/01/2019 at 5:00 PM CT  
  Note: All items are included in Batch 1, which closes at
5:00 PM CT on 03/04/2019
  First batch closes   03/04/2019 at 5:00 PM CT  
  Batch closing interval   N/A  
  Last batch closes (auction ends)   03/04/2019 at 5:00 PM CT  
  Payment due date   03/06/2019 at 5:00 PM CT  
  Budget, Deposit and Payment Information  
  Deposit required (% of estimated winnings)   5%
  Minimum deposit amount   $500.00
  Deposit / Payment types acceptable: Deposits Payments
      Budget  No ---
      ACH  Yes Yes
      ACH auto-debit final payment  --- No
      Wire transfers No No
      Counter payments No No
  Redemptions via ACH No
  Public Access
  Public computers available N/A
  ** Subject to change. The site will open when approved by the County.  


For an explanation of any of the terms above, please visit the FAQs.


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